SAVING the earth needn’t cost the earth.
All this month is ‘Organic September’ with shops offering special deals on organic produce and household buys.
With more supermarkets introducing own-label organic ranges, it’s never been easier or more affordable to shop organic as any items are the same price as non-organic goods.
Here are the best organics buys on the shelves this week.
MILK: M Organic British Whole Milk 4 Pints, £1.80 at Morrisons
TEA: Clipper Fairtrade Tea 80 Tea Bags 232g, was £3.85 now £2.88 at Waitrose
CHOCOLATE: Green & Black’s Organic Milk Chocolate 37% Cocoa 90g, was £2 now £1.50 at Morrisons
KETCHUP: Mr Organic Tomato Ketchup 480g, was £2.49 now £1.66 at Ocado
VEG BOX: SO Organic British Veg Box, £7 at Sainsbury’s
FRUIT: Nature’s Pick Organic Bananas 6 Pack, £1.15 at Aldi
WINE: Morrisons Organic Pinot Grigio 75cl, £6.50 at Morrisons
BODY WASH: Organic Children Berry Smoothie Bath & Shower Gel 200ml, was £11 now £5.50 at greenpeople.co.uk
BABY FOOD: Hipp Organic Baby Food Jar 7+ Months, was 87p, now buy four and get a fifth free at Morrisons
SAVE: 87p when buying five
BEDDING: Leif 100% Organic Cotton Duvet Cover and Pillowcase Set, from £24 for a single set to £40 for super kingsize at Dunelm.com
Ten ways to go organic on a budget
1. Grow your own – Food grown at home without pesticides is organic. Get started simply with a few herbs on your windowsill.
2. Shop in season – Buy in season to cut the cost of organic fruit and veg. In September, opt for blackberries, runner beans and courgettes. See http://eatseasonably.co.uk/what-to-eat-now/
3. Sign up for a box scheme – Organic box schemes are a great way to try a bit more organic, they offer wide varieties of seasonal fruit, veg, dairy & meat products.
4. Go Frozen – Keep a look out for reduced organic items. Freezing them as soon as you get home will prolong their shelf life massively and stop them heading to landfill.
5. Eat meat differently – Eating less but better quality meat is good for our health and the planet. Try a lower cost but tasty organic cut like a shoulder or belly. Morrisons Market Street counters or your local butcher can help with affordable meal suggestions.
6. Do the supermarket swap – Many supermarkets have introduced own-label organic ranges, making it more affordable.
7. Try the basics – Milk is a great place to start. It’s widely available, boost British farmers and is becoming more mainstream, as both McDonalds and Pret a Manger only serving organic milk. It also has around 50 per cent more beneficial omega 3 fatty acids.
8. Stock up on organic essentials – As they have a longer expiry date, organic store cupboard essentials can be great value. Items like organic baked beans, pasta and canned tomatoes, are often sold for the same price as the same non-organic items in September.
9. Look for deals online – Prices are slashed throughout Organic September, so it’s a good time to bag a bargain. Try organic yoghurts and ice cream that can be even cheaper than non-organic alternatives.
10. It’s about more than food – Did you know you can buy organic on everything from cotton clothes to cosmetics to washing up gloves?
Prices correct at time of going to press. Deals and offers subject to availability.
WEBSITE OF THE WEEK
HELP your child, their school and the planet with the new Morrisons ‘Good to Grow’ scheme.
The innovative programme provides helps fund gardening equipment for schools, inspiring children to get outdoors, grow, learn and enjoy fresh produce.
For every £10 you spend either in store or online at Morrisons, you’ll get a Grow Token to help your school get everything they need to get growing from tools to seeds and plants.
To get started, simply download the MyMorrisons app to start collecting Grow Tokens and choose the school you’d like to donate them to. Your school can exchange tokens for free equipment from October 24, giving you plenty of time to get collecting.
Rachel Eyre, Chief Customer & Marketing Officer at Morrisons, said: “As Britain’s biggest food maker, we want to enable the next generation to grow food themselves. Because the more kids know about how food’s grown and made, the better they’ll eat, now and in the future.
“It’s great to be able to launch a campaign that will give our youngest customers the knowledge and equipment to gain a better understanding about where food comes from and how to grow it.
Find out more at https://itsgoodtogrow.co.uk/